WHAT IS A FUNCTIONAL GASTROINTESTINAL EVALUATION?

All disease originates in the gut. ~ Hippocrates

And now, as science uncovers the secrets of the gut and the microbiome, we are finally coming to believe it.

 

The microbiome (for those that don’t know) is the inner living landscape of bacteria, fungi, and other tiny living things that exist inside your gut that aid in digestion, absorption, and regulation of the digestive process.

 

A proper balance of the ecosystem of the gastrointestinal tract involves both proper nourishment of positive and commensal bacteria strains, as well as eliminating unwanted inhabitants (such as parasites, bacterial overgrowth, and fungal infections). In this comprehensive gastrointestinal evaluation, we examine this balance as well as garnering insight into fat and protein absorption, digestive enzyme production, and overall gut acid/base balance.

 

For this evaluation, stool samples are collected by the patient and sent off to a lab. Our practitioners receive the results and create a treatment plan catered specifically to your needs including lifestyle, diet, and supplemental changes. Our practitioners are trained to identify when red flags are present that would necessitate a visit to your gastroenterologist.

 

Imbalances in the gut have been found to effect:

  • Autoimmune Conditions
  • Digestion and Elimination (GERD, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, Colitis, general diarrhea and/or constipation, belching, flatulence, bloating, distension, etc)
  • Immune Function
  • Brain Function
  • Mood Stability
  • Heart Disease
  • Type II Diabetes
  • Skin Conditions such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema, acne and others
  • Weight Gain and Obesity
  • Asthma and Chronic Sinus Infections
  • Neuropathic Conditions
  • Headaches
  • Mysterious or non-responsive musculoskeletal dysfunction
  • Insomnia and sleep disturbances

Ben Fleisher at Woodstock Healing Arts

BEN FLEISHER, LAc

Acupuncturist, Zero Balancer

Dr. Eli Morales at Woodstock Healing Arts

ELI MORALES, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

HOW IT WORKS

  • Schedule an INITIAL GI CONSULT.
    1. Complete the GI Health History Form & Food Journal for one week (both of which are available on our PATIENTS page).
    2. Initial Consult occurs, reviewing these forms and ordering appropriate test(s).
  • Pick up the necessary lab kit(s) at Woodstock Healing Arts.
  • Mail in your kit to the Lab for analysis.
    1. Payment for the kit is made directly to the lab at the time that it is submitted.
    2. Analysis usually takes about two to three weeks.
  • Schedule your GI CASE REVIEW.
    1. Your GI CASE REVIEW is a comprehensive meeting where the results of your evaluation and treatment recommendations are presented. These will include dietary changes, botanical supplementation, hands-on treatments, and, on occasion, either further testing, pharmaceutical interventions, and/or specialist referrals, as is appropriate.
  • At your GI CASE REVIEW, subsequent follow-up visits are scheduled.
    1. We recommend participating in one of our GUT REBOOT programs. At the very least, two to three follow-up appointments are suggested, depending on findings and treatment strategy.

COSTS:

 

Initial Consult (30 minutes)

$25

Case Review (60 minutes)

$150

Follow-Up Visits (30 minutes)

$55

*Costs related to the lab analysis and any botanical recommendations are not included in the appointment fees.